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Liškiava church
Liškiava church
Liškiava is located in Lithuania
Coordinates: 54°04′50″N 24°03′20″E / 54.08056°N 24.05556°E / 54.08056; 24.05556Coordinates: 54°04′50″N 24°03′20″E / 54.08056°N 24.05556°E / 54.08056; 24.05556
Country Lithuania
Ethnographic regionDzūkija
CountyAlytus County COA.png Alytus County
MunicipalityVarėna district municipality
EldershipMerkinė eldership
 • Total37
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Nemunas and Liškiava seen from the hillfort
Liškiava Castle

Liškiava is a historic village in the Varėna district municipality, Lithuania. It is situated on the bank of Nemunas River, near the Lake Liškiavis. In 2005 its population was 37.

A leisure boat route connects Liškiava with the resort of Druskininkai, a few kilometres south along the river.


At the end of the 14th century Vytautas the Great erected a stone castle on the hill. Building lost its importance after the Battle of Grunwald and it was never completed; only the ruins of one tower remains today.

Since the second half of 16th century until 1624 Liškiava church belonged to Protestants. In 1677 a wooden church was rebuilt, and in 1697 the entire town was donated to the Dominican Order. In 1699–1741 a Dominican monastery and in 1704–1720 a brick Holy Trinity church was built in the town. After the partitions of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth in 1795, it was forbidden to accept new monks to the monastery. Since 1852 monastery was reconstructed into living quarters and parsonage. After World War II the building became a school. 1947–1977 it was a recreational base of sartorial factory Lelija.

The Jewish population of Liškiava was 146 in 1923. The rabbi of Liškiava's Jews before World War II was Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Weinstein (later of London).

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